Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Analysis: Israel Facing Attacks on 3 Fronts, Strikes Back in Gaza and Golan, Awaits US Support at UN

November 11, 2012 4:29 pm 3 comments

Shrapnel blasted building in Southern Israel. Photo: Sderot Media Center.

Israel fired its own rockets into Syria for the first time in nearly 40 years after  Syrian  artillery shells hit an Israeli army base bordering a  civil-war-torn Syria, and the action came as more than 100 rockets and mortars fired by Hamas and other Palestinian groups struck Israel’s southern towns and villages closing schools and factories.

Four Israeli soldiers were wounded, two gravely, when the terrorists in Gaza attacked the border fence and Israeli forces inside Israel, and half a dozen Palestinians were killed when Israel struck back at the Palestinians who were trying to storm the fence or to launch more rockets into Israel.

Israeli communities throughout the Negev and as far north as Gedera were affected by the mortar and rocket attacks, some of which included heavy Grad rockets.

Israeli officials said the artillery shots into Syria were deliberately aimed to miss any targets, and were meant as serious warning shots to the army of President Assad which has been shooting at rebel forces near the Syrian-Israeli ceasefire lines.

Such sudden rising violence comes at a time when the  PLO—led by the supposedly “moderate” Mahmoud Abbas—plans to move to isolate Israel at the UN with a vote on Palestinian statehood this month. Abbas has ignored US requests not to bring the move to the UN General Assembly.

Several leaders of the Israeli Left had only days ago said that Abbas had given up on Palestinian claims for a right to “return” refugees to Israel, but Abbas subsequently retracted the remarks in Arab media interviews.

The sharp rise in pressure on Israel on two military fronts and on the diplomatic front is expected to be a sore test for Israel and for President Barack Obama who was re-elected less than a week ago amid promises that he would  not let Israel stand alone against threats.

But the new security crisis reflects the rise of Islamist forces, most importantly in Egypt where the new Muslim Brotherhood leaders boldly backed their kindred Islamist  organization, Hamas, warning that Egypt might scrap the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty if Israel sends land forces into Gaza.

“Egypt will not be silent if there is any aggression against the Palestinians,” declared  Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyeh, who serves as the Hamas “prime minister” in Gaza.

His remarks seemed to have been scripted and timed together with those of Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi who made almost identical remarks in Cairo.

“Egypt will not stand by if there is any aggression launched against the Palestinians,” said Morsi, who is also a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Inside Israel’s security community, there is a growing realization that any deterrent value from the 2006 and 2008 Israeli military operations has  vanished.

Alex Fishman, the military commentator of Yediot Aharonot newspaper said that Israeli leaders would have to do something severe militarily in order for Israel to regain its ability to deter terrorists.

Dr. Michael Widlanski, an expert on Arab politics and communications, is the author of  Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat published by  Threshold/Simon and Schuster. A former reporter, correspondent and editor, respectively at The New York Times, Cox Newspapers and The Jerusalem Post, he was  Strategic Affairs Advisor in Israel’s Ministry of Public Security and teaches at Bar Ilan University.

3 Comments

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Start using napalm.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    Its the old story – Israel had been warned for weeks with rocket fire and sat and did nothing until four soldiers got hit – two gravely. Their blood and any die G-d forbid their lives is on the heads of Netahyahu. Why did it take this for Israel to strike back with ferocity? Why was Israel’s response limited to drone attacks when they are sending REAL ammunition right to civilian areas? You see, because the Israeli Gov’t cares so little about its citizens it was the soldiers who got hit. It is a wonder therefore that anybody agrees to serve in the Israeli army. Who the hell would want to serve in an army of cowards that has to worry about how hard they hit the enemy. This is beyond shameful – IT IS MURDEROUS! LETS GET A REAL PRIME MINISTER FOR A CHANGE NOT SOME F—–IN WIMP!

  • For every rocket or attack on Israel, they need to send 10 rockets back. Don’t play their one for one game. If they don’t stop them now with force then it will be an all out conflict soon.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Sports US & Canada Tom Brady: Best Part of My Summer Was Watching Julian Edelman Lather Himself in Mud at Dead Sea in Israel

    Tom Brady: Best Part of My Summer Was Watching Julian Edelman Lather Himself in Mud at Dead Sea in Israel

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have been bogged down this offseason over the NFL’s “Deflategate” scandal, but he found unusual recourse in images of teammate Julian Edelman lathering his body with potent Dead Sea mud in Israel. Indeed, as Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski became the latest celebrity voice to offer directions on the Israeli-developed navigational app Waze, and wide receiver Matthew Slater happily got married, Brady has been facing legal issues after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed a four-game suspension for Brady as part of a ball-deflating scandal […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Middle East Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Larry King Asks Saudi Arabian Fan If Taking Pictures With Jews Is Permitted

    Jewish former CNN host Larry King asked a Saudi Arabian fan if taking pictures with Jews is allowed in his country, before agreeing to pose for a photo with the man, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The world-famous interviewer was leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C. with a New York Times reporter when a “dark-skinned man” approached and asked to take a picture with him, according to the publication. Whereupon, King asked the fan where he was from. When the man said Saudi […]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    Britain’s Lord Sugar Says Synagogues Will Be Empty With Yom Kippur Matchup of Jewish-Supported Soccer Teams

    British-Jewish business tycoon Lord Alan Sugar joked on Wednesday that London synagogues will likely be empty during Yom Kippur with congregants fleeing to watch the match-up of two leading English soccer teams known for having hordes of Jewish fans. “Spurs V Arsenal cup game drawn on most important Jewish festival,” Lord Sugar pointed out on Twitter. “Both teams have loads of Jewish fans. Conclusion Synagogues will be empty.” North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC will go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third-round […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Jewish Men Pass Jimmy Kimmel Social Experiment, Rescuing ‘Spongebob’ in Distress (VIDEO)

    Two Jewish men were the only unwitting participants in a social experiment conducted by Jimmy Kimmel, for his popular TV show. As part of a candid-camera-like sketch featured Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host devised different street scenes to observe human behavior — in particular, to see how long it would take people walking down California’s bustling Hollywood Boulevard to notice and interact with others in distress. One scene involved a man in a Spongebob Squarepants costume who had “fallen down” on the sidewalk and needed help […]

    Read more →
  • Education US & Canada International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    International Jewish Organization Blasts Israeli-Born Star Natalie Portman for Comments on Holocaust Education

    A major Jewish organization rebuked actress Natalie Portman on Monday for saying in a recent interview that Jews put too much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust relative to other genocides. The Israeli-born movie star told the U.K.’s Independent that the Jewish community needs to examine how much focus it puts on Holocaust education over other issues. She said she was shocked when she learned that a genocide was taking place in Rwanda while she was in school learning only about the horrors of the […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Israel Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    Book Draws Parallels Between Holocaust and Palestinian Nakba, Sparks Outrage

    JNS.org – A new book that draws parallels between the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba (the Arabic term for the displacement of Palestinian refugees during Israel’s War of Independence) has sparked outrage ahead of an official book launch, to be hosted by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute on Sept. 7. The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to the institute demanding that it cancel an event it planned in honor of the book’s authors, under the title The Holocaust and […]

    Read more →
  • Education US & Canada Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Natalie Portman Says Holocaust Education Shouldn’t be Used for ‘Fearmongering’

    Famed actress Natalie Portman warned on Friday against the use of Holocaust education to evoke fear and paranoia. In an interview with the U.K. Independent she added that the trauma should make Jews more empathetic to others who have also experienced hatred. “Sometimes it can be subverted to fearmongering and like ‘Another Holocaust is going to happen,’” the Israeli-American star said. “We need to, of course, be aware that hatred exists, antisemitism exists against all sorts of people, not in the same way. I […]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Commentary A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    A Righteous Gentile Navigates the Sharkpool of Washington’s Middle East Correspondents (REVIEW)

    The Tribalist, by Louis Marano, is ostensibly a work of fiction but at its core a kind of love song by a gentile journalist for the State of Israel, and especially its secular Zionist core. (Because of the relentless attacks by left-wing polemicists on Israel’s allegedly “messianic” fringe, it’s often forgotten that most of Israel’s founders and all its leaders have been secular Zionists.) The author, the product of an Italian-American family in Buffalo, served two tours of duty in […]

    Read more →